school day blues

It’s that time of the school year: I’ve hit a rock.

Can you get a form of senioritis in grad school? second-year-itis?

All I want to do at this point is apply for jobs, go to conferences, network, learn on my own time and with my own deadlines, and work full time in a library. while getting paid.

Is that too much to ask?

I’ve become bored with the note taking (at this point even my bright pens aren’t helping the situation).  I’ve become frustrated with syllabus errors and constant emailing between professors and classmates. I’m restless in class and have a hard time focusing on anything,even if it is something I find very interesting.

I need a mental health day.  I need an entire day to sit in bed, watch some shows on hulu, knit, and not think much beyond food, bathroom, breath, repeat.

There are so many books I want to read, too many cool opportunities and projects I want to be involved in, and places (virtually and physically) that I want to explore.  But instead I’m being bogged down by weekly assignments that I can’t seem to get motivated for, articles that all seem to run together, and a google reader that seems to keep growing.

I need some inspiration.  The goal is in sight: just a little over 7 months until I am a Master of Library Science.  Seven months until I will have my first break over 30 days from school in nearly 4 years.  Seven months until I will be on the job market, officially.  I want to get there.  I know I can do it.  I just need some inspiration.

and now a word from crazy monster:

source: explodingdog comics

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stealth edit: this is a little funny coming right after my post about organization. ah to be excited about school.

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6 thoughts on “school day blues

  1. I don’t have much advice, unfortunately. I’ve been going through this for a long time. This ridiculous semester is definitely fueling it. (Maybe this is why I drink between classes – haha) I tried taking a mental health day and it just kicked me in the ass — I’ve been making up for it since then. I am so ready to be done, and so frustrated with so many things in this program. However, my friends and I that sit and vent have I think reached this balancing point where we don’t do the best work we can in class (because there’s not always a point to it) but do the best we can in the things you outlined. And that gets us through. I just hope I can keep it up for the next 7 months.

  2. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. I’m sorry I don’t have any insight or inspiration for you, just some moral support and a virtual hug to let you know you’re not alone. Seven months is do-able, though, right? Especially when there’s a winter break in there… :)

  3. I’ve been there! Make sure to take time for yourself each day and continue on with your excitement after attending WLA. Go forth and keep kicking ass, dear. Just know that things will all make sense with this mess of grad school some day. Trust me on that one!

  4. I completely understand where you are, because I am in the same position. I am in my fourth semester of the MLIS program at Southern Miss, and I have three semesters left. This semester I have been burned out with school. There are SO MANY books and blogs that I want to read, but don’t have the time. There are so many tech-y things I want to learn, but again, I don’t have time because I’m bogged down with school and work, and trying to stay san in the meantime. So, I completely understand where you’re coming from. I don’t really have much advice or inspiration, except for this one blog post I read that helped me tremendously: http://stephenslighthouse.com/2012/11/01/curb-your-librarian-frustration-in-8-steps/comment-page-1/#comment-26643. This post gives some encouragement as well as some constructive criticism and a dose of reality that I definitely needed. Good luck. We can do this!

    • Thanks for the comment Susanna! I’ll be sure to add that blog post to my to read list! It’s always nice to know misery has company :) I know a lot of my classmates are feeling the same way we just have to power through and remember the goal!

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